Spring Open House and Dinner with Chef Enomoto

Japan House welcomes visiting Japanese Chef Suzuko Enomoto to our Spring Open House, Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Chef Enomoto will give a presentation at 2 pm on Japanese flavors and the true tastes of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. Listen and enjoy a tasting of each flavor. Throughout the day, take part in the tranquility of a tea ceremony and enjoy a bowl of matcha tea with a traditional sweet.

Tea ceremonies will be offered at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Association for a special reduced rate of $6.00 for this day — and free for Tomonokai members. No need for reservations, just join us that day and purchase a ticket for the tea ceremony of your choice.

Enjoy a tour of the James A. and Lorene M. Bier Gardens at 1 pm or 3 pm, led by the designer and donor of the gardens himself, Jim Bier.

Celebrate spring in the peace and beauty of Japan House and Gardens.
On Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 pm Bacaro will present a very special tasting menu with Japanese Chef Suzuko Enomoto, sponsored by Japan House and Maverick Wines. Chef Enomoto will present four courses and Chef Drew Starkey of Bacaro will present three. All will highlight seasonal ingredients with Japanese influences, and be paired with sake, including some sake not normally available in the US. This will be a very special opportunity to experience the true delicacy and purity of Japanese cuisine with an emphasis on local spring ingredients. Jonathan Edwards, of Maverick Wines, a certified sake professional based in Chicago, will be sharing his knowledge about the sake pairings.

The dinner is $150 per person. To make a reservation, please make a 50% deposit by purchasing a ticket. The remaining 50%, and tax and gratuity for the entire amount, will be requested that night at Bacaro.

Please note that this is not a fundraiser for Japan House, but rather an opportunity for Japan House to share Japanese culture with a respected local business. The $75 ticket you are purchasing at Eventbrite is a 50% deposit to reserve your space for the meal. The total cost of the meal is $150 per person plus gratuity and tax.
Chef Enomoto will present a sold out demonstration of her pastry decoration and a tasting of her signature rusks from Café Ohzan, her renowned cafe in Japan, on Sunday, April 23 at Cream & Flutter beginning at 1 pm.

Guests will learn about her decorating techniques and her experience as a chef in Japan. Everyone will be served a bowl of freshly whisked matcha tea and one of Chef Enomoto’s rusks (SOLD OUT).
About Chef Enomoto

Chef Enomoto, a Japanese chef with a global vision, is a pioneer in the culinary world. She is one of very few respected Japanese female chefs to travel to the US to work with non-Japanese chefs. Reared in the Akita prefecture in northern Japan, her parents operated a tavern and she grew up in the company of many of Japan's premier authors, poets, and artists who spent their time there. This background of traditional Japanese arts and cuisine, combined with her natural culinary talent and spirit enabled her to become a renowned kaiseki chef, a rare feat for a woman in Japan. Today she operates the highly successful Café Ohzan. She also works on education initiatives regarding families and healthy eating, for instance highlighting flavors by using dashi/umami so that children don’t consume excessive amounts of sugar, salt and other artificial sweeteners or seasonings. Her vision in culinary arts is not limited to traditional Japanese cuisine. She started her own line of Rusk (a croissant that is slowly-baked for multiple times and ornamented). It recalls an old-school French world with a modern Japanese twist and is highly sought after in Japan. In 2015, she visited Japan House and conducted a kaiseki dinner, as well as a sake tasting, using rare kindai tuna with sake pairings. 

About Bacaro

Since opening in 2001, Bacaro has quietly developed an amazing reputation and consistently set the standard for outstanding food, wine, and service in the area. As one of the first of its kind, the foundation for such longevity came from the creativity within the kitchen accompanied by a raw passion for wine and an elevated level of customer service. The result in the combination of these elements brings an experience like no other that is unique to Central Illinois.


Japan House is grateful for the support of these sponsors that make our programming possible.
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